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  • MPAC Media Awards  in Los Angeles

    April 28, 2018
    We will celebrate authentic portrayals of Islam and Muslims and recognize people and projects in the entertainment industry promoting inclusion and social justice through their craft.

  • Rewriting the Story: Understanding & Crafting Authentic Muslim Narratives

    December 4, 2017
    The Writers Guild Foundation and MPAC's Hollywood Bureau present a discussion on creating more authentic representations of Islam and Muslims in film and television. In this critical time, there are opportunities for the entertainment industry to challenge existing narratives of bigotry and fear while also telling authentic stories, particularly from Muslims and Muslim Americans.

  • March 21, 2017
    This Tuesday, join us at a free advance screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife," followed by a panel discussion at the Landmark Westside Pavilion. "The Zookeeper's Wife" tells the story of strength and resilience and one that our community and our country can really learn from especially in light of the anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric and policies of our current administration.

  • The Purpose of a Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Summit

    August 9, 2016
    In the wake of “The Passion of the Christ,” Hollywood crunched the numbers and started to look at the faith-based market more carefully. In the years that followed, every studio opened a faith-based division.

  • How the Khans Inspired Hollywood Muslims to Stand Up and Be Counted

    August 4, 2016
    Donald Trump’s recent attack on Ghazala and Khizr Khan, the Gold Star parents of a fallen Muslim soldier, has sparked a national outcry and an all-out crisis within the GOP.

  • Hollywood Looks for Higher Ground in Film and TV

    July 29, 2016
    Faith, religion, existential and eschatological issues are popping up everywhere in Hollywood from Fox’s new panel talk show, “The Preachers” to films such as “Heaven Is for Real” and “Miracles From Heaven.”

  • Finding Hope at Sundance

    February 9, 2016
    With anti-Muslim sentiment on the rise, it is sometimes hard to find reasons to be excited and hopeful. The entertainment industry has not historically been kind to Muslims and many other underserved communities, often portraying us in negative, flat, and stereotypical roles.

  • We're Bringing Hollywood to You

    October 14, 2014
    This year, we will bring this important conversation to our annual convention, titled “America Deserves Better,” which will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday, December 13. We will be hosting a not to be missed session titled: Collaboration or Cancellation: Shaping the Image of Islam & Muslims in Hollywood.

  • MPAC Hollywood Bureau Hosting Actors Workshop

    September 22, 2014
    MPAC's Hollywood Bureau is hosting an actors intensive workshop at Scott Sedita Acting Studio in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 9 for those pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. The four-hour workshop will be taught by two of Hollywood’s most influential acting coaches, Scott Sedita and Mariko Ballentine. Sedita and Ballentine will share with the workshop participants ways to move their career forward and invaluable audition techniques that will get them noticed.

  • MPAC Encourages Screenings of the Documentary 'Waking in Oak Creek'

    August 22, 2014
    MPAC's Hollywood Bureau in partnership with "Not in Our Town," a movement to "stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all" encourages you to screen Not in Our Town's new documentary, "Waking in Oak Creek", in your community!

  • Looking for Real Change? Invest in Emerging Changemakers in Hollywood, Media & Policy by Investing in MPAC

    July 25, 2014
    In the giving spirit of Ramadan, please invest in the emerging voices of American Muslim filmmakers, journalists and policymakers by donating to MPAC Foundation today. Your donation will be tax deductible and is Zakat eligible.

  • Al-Marayati Discusses ‘Tyrant’ at Television Critics Association Event

    July 24, 2014
    This week, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati joined "Tyrant" Executive Producer Howard Gordon and Muslims on Screen and Television (MOST) for a panel discussion with the Television Critics Association to explore the show's portrayal of the Middle East and the public's response.

  • Let's Tell Better Stories in Hollywood

    July 11, 2014
    These are exciting times for Muslims in Hollywood. If you're like us, then you enjoy sitting through the credits after a TV show or movie just to see if any Muslims were involved. In time this won't be a big deal, but growing up where there were only a handful of Muslim actors, directors, writers and producers I am amazed at how far we have come in an industry that seemed so inaccessible a decade ago.

  • Engaging 'Tyrant' Producers to Minimize Stereotypes & Tell Better Stories

    June 24, 2014
    With the debut of the FX Network’s new dramatic series “Tyrant” tonight, the Muslim Public Affairs Council thanked the producers for reaching out to its Hollywood Bureau to minimize stereotypes and enhance the accuracy and authentic representation of Islam and Muslims. We believe that in order to get better stories told, American Muslims must be part of the process whether it is through their creative voices or engagement with the industry. We do not endorse the content of projects we consult on.

  • MPAC Mourns Loss of American Icon Casey Kasem

    June 19, 2014
    MPAC is deeply saddened by the loss of Arab American icon Casey Kasem. According to MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati, "Not only were the MPAC Media Awards Casey's idea, but he also helped us incredibly in shaping a positive message about Muslims and Arabs by initiating engagement between us and Hollywood. We are indebted to him for helping in getting our voices heard."

  • MPAC & Disney/ABC Hold First Muslim Screenwriters Workshop

    June 4, 2014
    Yesterday, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and Disney/ABC Television Group partnered to bring together 12 emerging American Muslim writers who were selected from around the country to participate in a day-long screenwriters workshop intensive.

  • MPAC Hollywood Bureau Consulting on New FX Series

    May 31, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council announced today that its Hollywood Bureau is serving as a consultant on the new FX cable network series, “Tyrant,” produced and co-created by Howard Gordon (“24” and “Homeland”).

  • Announcing Finalists for MPAC & Disney/ABC Screenwriters Workshop

    May 29, 2014
    We are excited to announce the dozen writers who have been selected to participate in next week’s screenwriters workshop with Disney/ABC Television Group, in partnership with MPAC. Representing some of the top talent across the country, the private workshop will give aspiring American Muslim television writers an opportunity to be competitive for the network’s prestigious writers program.

  • 2014 Media Awards Gala: A Night of Celebration & Inspiration

    May 20, 2014
    On Sunday night, over 400 people joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council for its 23rd Annual Media Awards Gala honoring “Voices of Courage and Conscience” in Long Beach, CA.

  • Hollywood Bureau to Host Talk Back After Critically Acclaimed ‘Pray to Ball’

    May 8, 2014
    MPAC will be hosting this week’s “Beyond Conversation” on Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. in Los Angeles, after a showing of the new critically acclaimed play “Pray to Ball.” The talkback will explore one of the central themes of the film, namely how Muslims can come together in in faith when they come from different cultural identities.


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